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♪ and un inspectors investigate this chemical attack and coming from the ally russia. hello and welcome to al jazeera live from doha, ahead in the next 30 minutes leaking a radio active water in the ocean they slams the operator for being careless. >> live from fukushima district where inspectors have seen for themselves how serious those leaks are. >> the trial that is gripping
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china, they testify against her husband and she has gone mad they say. and british versus french wine, really? we will take a taste test a little later in the program. ♪ so the president the most powerful ali russia are viewing the site of wednesday's chemical attack, the government says syrian rebels must guaranty safe access to inspector and un general says the use of chemical weapons would constitute crimes against humanity but the government denies launching a gas attack near the capitol damascus and hundreds of dies including women and children and we report. >> reporter: images of syrian civilians dead and wounded from
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alleged chemical attacks are bringing calls for military intervention. the international community must respond with force. >> there must be a reaction. what does that mean a reaction? not sending troops on the ground but a reaction, not international condemnation but in the u.s. it's less decisive and it's a top u.s. general opposes and the joint chief of staff argues the u.s. should not get involved in the conflict because the syrian rebels are divided on tribal and religious lines and the fractured group does not share u.s. interests. it's a view not shared by one of the most senior policy voices in the u.s. congress. john mccain favors limited military strikes to degrade the air power. mccain said if we continue to sit bypass civilly while they
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use chemical weapons against its own people we provide encouragement to other brutal governments. but there is little indication of u.s. action for now. from new york state president obama was talking about education, not syria. conveying only through his deputy press secretary the u.s. is appalled by the reports of widespread kills. it's a year since president obama said the use of chemical weapons in syria would be a red line being crossed but since there are fresh reports of chemical weapons use in syria there has been no mention of consequences by the obama white house. instead only suggestions to the syrian government to cooperate and give a united nations chemical weapons inspection team access to the sites where it's believed chemical attacks occurred. kimberly al jazeera, washington. >> chemical weapons expert believes the inspectors will
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find it difficult to investigate the case. >> well, it's probably unlikely, it's sad, there are 30 minutes away from where this atrosity happened but taken three months to get in and actually the current task of looking for evidence will be very difficult because i expect the evidence would have gone. however, if they can get there and it's not a very -- i spoke to journalists getting in yesterday and fighting with snipers but if the u n inspection team can get in they have the capability, experience and equipment to find this and workout exactly what chemical was used and hopefully the delivery means which would lead to who actually perpetrated this asroticity. >> the operator of the fukushima nuclear plant failed to properly monitor the storage tanks that
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are leaking radio active water. al jazeera's is in the outside of one of the explosion zones around the fukushima nuclear plant. anita, what is japan's nuclear regulation authority, nra, what are they saying about all of this? >> reporter: well, the last few minutes i have been able to have a long chat with one of the japanese journalist who was present at the press conference a couple hours ago. and he said the body language coming from the regulator body and the association was very strong. the language likewise was strong. they were talking a fountains of contaminated water. this is water that is too radio active to stand near for very long so we are talking about a serious problem here. fountains of contaminated water potentially most likely going into the sea. he said he was very, very disappointed with the conduct of
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tetco, the tokyo electric power company the owner and operator of the catastrophically decaying six nuclear power plants. really quite a shock to the regulatory body and on their site inspection today they said they felt the site had not been inspected carefully enough and they were even more concerned with no proper records being kept of the inspection regime and the water is used for cooling down the three nuclear reactors in a melt-down situation and they could have kept a close eye on what was happening to the water but say the leaks in maybe as many as 300 or more of this particularly vulnerable and particularly faulty water storage tanks each containing hundreds of thousands of liters of radio active water could have been leaking for two years. >> what about the fishermen
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around these areas, anita, what are they saying about this? what is their reaction to the livelihoods being affected? >> reporter: it's a blow to all the people, all the 160,000 people who are evacuated from this region and the people associated with it who are trying to return to semblance of a normal life and suspended a long time ago and hoping that contamination levels, if the radio active discharge from the nuclear plants was in some way not contained or controlled might be brought down to levels they thought it was safe to fish again and more importantly the fish they finished would be bought by the japanese public but they have thrown up their hands and cancelled trial fishing in the area and pulled back. so the fishermen are besides themselves and many people hoping they might have been on
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top of the problem. it's clear the problem is so enormous the scale of the problem is so enormous no one knows how to get on top of it. if i can share one more detail that came out of the press conference, it's this, it's a wet area and raining on me and the water table is high. this water they are using to cool the reactors has no where to go and the plan was to dig a well and extract clean groundwater, pump that into the sea and allow the ground to absorb the radio active water. why? because they cannot store it and it exceeds their ability to build storage tanks to hold it all and the storage tanks are leaking and leaking in the area where they were planning to put the well down and that plan is not going to work. they are running out of ideas here. >> all right, that is anita joining us from outside the restriction zone around fukushima which is clearly facing many, many problems. thank you, anita.
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now to other news in the chinese court hearing the corruption case against disgraced politician and he is charged with corruption and bribery and corruption of power and trying to cover up his wife's involvement of the murder of a british business man and we have more from outside the court. >> reporter: day one of this case was dominated by the extraordinarily defense against the charges against him. day two is dominated by a dead man, neil heyward whose death in november 2011 triggered this entire political scandal. and his wife was convicted of his killing last year and suspended to a death sentence. in testimony from her played to court today she says her son had felt threatened by neil heyward and this information had been passed on that he was aware that neil heyward's name was on a police black list as a result.
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the police chief in the city where bo was the secretary a key ally of his gave testimony today and saying that he was extremely unhappy with neil heyward over his management of a property that she had illegally corruptly obtained in the south of france in cann and also we heard from a french architect also associated in that deal who said neil heyward demanded 1.4 british pounds in compensation for his work he felt had gone unpaid. so that sets the scene for the killing of neil heyward. as far as bo is concerned his wife's testimony should not be believed and says he was aware that there was some talk about this villa in france and seen pictures but no approval for it to be bought and he says that in essence his wife's testimony is not to be believed. >> former egypt president no
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bark is out of prison treated at a hospital in cairo and under house arrest after being released on thursday. that is a decision that led to threats of more protests. mike hanna reports from cairo. >> reporter: a helicopter rises from the prison after hours of legal procedure, hosni mubarak is released but the destination is a short flight down the road, the medical facility. his release at this stage is very much a technical term. he will remain under house arrest in terms of a state of emergency decree issued by the prime minister. a formal ban on leaving the country has also been imposed. >> we lost everything. now the police will return and justice will return and other negative thing that will stay away from us will come back. >> i believe it's enough for him to left power without using
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violence against us like the other one, mohamed morsi and that is enough. >> reporter: he will be in the courtroom on sunday with the trial and civilian deaths during the 2011 revolution resumes. on the same day in a different court, leaders of the muslim brotherhood that opposed him for decades will appear and stand accused of insighting violence during demonstrations that followed the take down of the morsi government, the self styled youth body that spearheaded mass public protest that proceeded military action called for courts to strongly pursue the prosecution of mubarak and morsi and ironically accuses the morsi government of not being aggressive enough in taking action against mubarak and insists that because of this morsi must take responsibility for the release of the man he
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replaced. mike hanna al jazeera, cairo. >> we have more on egypt coming up, and look at the financial fall out of the political turmoil and the economy is suffering as tourists choose to stay away. and i was a coward, the u.s. army soldier who killed 16 afghan villages apologizes. ♪
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russia says syria must give the un team access to the site of an alleged gas attack and moscow wants rebels guaranteed safe access. japan watchdog says the operator of the fukushima plant failed to monitor the storage tanks containing radio active water. the operator has admitted that around 300 tons of water have leaked from the facility and that new radiation spots have been found around other tanks. and egypt's president mubarak is spending friday in a military hospital after being released from prison and people who are angry of the ouster of morsi are planning protests after friday prayers. now the un says number of children who have fled the war in syria has now reached 1 million. more than 10,000 children have crossed into northern iraq. the region has become the fastest growing refugee camp in
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the world and ron reports. >> reporter: described as one in a million is a complement and here it's anything but. for millions of children this is now their life. and he is ten and likes to tease his sister and arrived in the camp a few days ago and it's a big adventure but one so young he has seen a lot. >> with shelling and bombings we were scared and we were being bombed and they destroyed us and now i'm here. i just want to go back to school, go back to my friends. >> reporter: in iraq according to one estimate 10,000 children have arrived here since thursday and the un says registering them is top priority. >> and now they are identifying all the children of their school age and also the children with special needs.
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so this information will be related to unicef and they will work on them regularly. >> reporter: this camp has a long way to go before it's ready to deal with the needs of children. by the agencies involved are confident it will happen. this camp and many others like it require schools require rehabilitation centers, just imagine if this was your reality now. or if this was your earliest memory, all of that requires help and it requires resources, resources that simply are not here yet. the children help out as best they can and play in the dust of the camp. >> and ron joins us live and the latest un report saying the global community has failed these syrian children. do you get a sense of that where you are? >> reporter: well, you speak to anybody here in this camp and that is exactly what they will tell you, they have been failed. they came here on wednesday between wednesday and today and
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they have a sense of relief. they have a sense of we are out of the war zone but now they look at the conditions they are living in and they are just frustrated. to give you an idea there are 15,000 people in the camp and half of those according to the un child agency are children so that is 7 1/2 thousand children and no schools and no rehabilitation centers, all of that needs to be set up. un are in the process of registering everybody they can to see exactly what they need and what they can provide. but time is of the essence. the school year starts in september so the schools need to be built and there is a deeply psychological effect that these children feel and that needs to be addressed. normally what happens, at camps like this, unicef has a child psychologist and draw their experiences and you see children drying airplanes and bombs and shelling and all of that kinds of thing. so none of that is here at the moment. but the unicef says it will be in their priorities getting that
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stuff here. >> what else was in this report about the children? it's not just about the one million that have been made refugees outside syria there is a large problem with children inside syria too, isn't there? >> reporter: imagine what it's like living in a war zone and what the report says is there are nearly 2 million children displaced. that's a huge number. the total of the children affected by the syrian war up to 3 million children. now getting help as you say in the community says the international community and un failed the children when it comes to this crisis. so this report is quite damaging on the international community and a very harrowing look to see what it's like to live in a refugee camp like this. >> we are in northern iraq. to other news now and the u.s. soldier who killed 16 afghan villages last year has
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apologized for what he calls an act of cowardess. they are deciding if robert bales should get payroll during his life term and we have more from tacoma in washington state. >> i wish i could take it back said sergeant bales but i can't. speaking in a low, halting voice he apologized to the families of the afghan civilians he murdered and said he had disgraced his own family. his voice quavered as he apologized to fellow soldiers. what i did was an act of cowardness behind a mask of bravado. he plead guilty of killing 16 civilians mostly women and children during a nighttime shooting spree in march of 2012. he does not face the death penalty for those crimes and is trying to avoid life in prison without the possibility of
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parole. bales did not describe his actions in detail. he said he asked himself why he killed but said he couldn't find a reason. under military trial rules the prosecution was not permitted to cross exam bales. bales also described mounding feelings of range, anger that grew of the years he was deployed in combat, three times in iraq and a financial tour in afghanistan. he said during home leave he drank heavily and would get furiously angry during routine household chores like washing dishes. >> i think he passed on the sense of frustration that multiple deployed soldiers have when they are just dealing with things that are normal, normal stress inducing incident and everything gets completely out of proportion. >> reporter: bales said he was in a constant state of fear and vigilance.
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in a remote village in candahar he took steroids and alcohol and sleeping pills and they talked about scenes of dismemberment and they will present closing arguments in the case on friday. rob reynolds hartsfield-jackson tacoma, washington. >> 7 bodies are discovered in a grave outside mexico city. police are trying to find out if the remains to belong to 12 young people who were kidnapped last may and disputes between the gangs led to the abductions. cocaine valued at $330 million is found in a boat in the south pacific. the hole was uncovered by australia and u.s. accounts on a yacht and all 750 kilos found. australia has been investigating groups from south america through the pacific. the second biggest stock market
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in the u.s. had to stop trading on thursday because of a computer glitch. the nasdaq suspended and it has the biggest stocks including apple, microsoft and google and it was fixed before it upset other parts of the market. now members of the south korean red cross are holding talks with counterparts in the north of reuniting families and it was on the southern side of the border village and they hope to bring together relatives separated since the korean war, and florence has more from soell. >> they want them held in a hill resort which they used to visit until 2008 when a north korean soldier fatally shot a tourist.
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how many people will be allowed to meet is also crucial and there is a sense of urgency to these meetings because so many of these people are getting on in years and typically in the past only several hundreds of people have been allowed to go to the meetings and south korea database 70,000 people who have been separated from their families. the fact that these talks are taking place signals an ease in inter korean relations following a period of heightened tensions in the korean peninsula but analysts also say this is a rather typical pattern of behavior they have come to expect from north korea and follows and extension of an olive branch of threats and provocation and could be because north korea wants to extract concessions and aid from south korea and perhaps the rest of the world. the two koreas are talking about the resumption of activities at the industrial park. this is a very important source
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of income for north korea and north korea has also indicated and said it would like tourists at the resort to resume as soon as possible. >> reporter: the government has announced new policies to boost confidence in its economy. earlier this week the indosian currency tumbled after the results were worst than expected and aimed at increasing investment and agriculture and metal industries. i spoke to an asia correspondent and explained the effects of the policy will not be felt straight away. >> we are clear and remembers the financial asian crisis and it was 16 years ago but had a major effect on the economy and the rupia declined in value. 80%. so now in the only three weeks the rupia fell with around 11% so it's very worrying and means that imports are really expensive because the dollar is
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getting much more expensive for now for indonesian companies and they talk about imported goods have to be reduced and they will produce more inside the country which means that of course the -- a lot of things have to happen and give tax incentives for investors to come in and tax reductions for companies that are already working there, all these measures are meant to make sure that there is less reliance on imports and much more productive in the country itself and this is a long-term project which takes six months to a year to actually have some results. >> stay with economic news now, egypt crisis is damaging one of the main industries tourism and it counteded 11% of the economy and in cairo they depended on tourism jobs are now struggling. >> these boats have never been
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docked for so long until a few years ago they would be packed with tourists sailing up and down the river nile and there is no other work for him in cairo and shows up at the dock everyday hoping to find some work. >> before the revolution i would never use the boat for just one customer, this boat can take around 50-60 people and i used to charge everyone about 50 cents. >> reporter: he doesn't care for politics and most of his fellow egyptians have other worries on their minds. >> i don't have a political opinion. i just want the situation to be better. most of the people are trying to make a living. they want a better environment for making a living, that is it. they don't think of politics and live from one day to the next. >> reporter: on the banks of the river, him and his horse funny have no customers either and he has been doing this for 20 years
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and says the curfew is scaring local customers and his business must stop with the sun sets. >> it effects my business because people are afraid to go out in the curfew and if they come and the curfew is about to start they prefer not to take the cart and if i am stopped it is a problem but we rely on good. >> reporter: the revolution was a huge disturbance to their business but since then the on going political violence and turmoil has only made that situation worse. people here who work with tourists say they don't know when they will ever come back. with little or no income egyptians like mohamed cannot wait much longer. his country's history has always drawn visitors and the modern history is however driving them away.
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jane with al jazeera cairo. >> that story and much more on egypt including a live blog can be found on our website that you can see there al jazeera.com. much more on egypt and the rest of the day's news all on our website al jazeera.com. >> i'm lisa and you are in the stream, the church doors are open but the number of people walking through them dwindling a bit and you asked us to tackle this, are we losing religion or changing our approach?

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